Luis Ferré-Sadurní (The New York Times) reports on the extensive loss of vegetation and wildlife in Puerto Rico’s rainforest, El Yunque National Forest. This has hit me hard, since I was just there this past August, and for the first time, I hiked up to its highest peak, El Toro (at 3,533 feet above sea level). […]

via Another Victim of Hurricane Maria: Puerto Rico’s Treasured Rainforest — Repeating Islands

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Image credit Pixabay Last week a beautiful juvenile Rosella flew into the glass window of our classroom. After some TLC from us and ACT Wildlife and Conservation, Rosie now flies free again… You crashed Into the glass Head smashed Hurt. Stunned. We nurtured you. Wings sunned. Released. Strong again you Fly east. By Sarah ©2019 […]

via Rosie — By Sarah

Cisticola tinniens The tiny (11g) Levaillant’s cisticola inhabits wetlands, marshes, reedbeds and open grassland with rank growth. It feeds on small invertebrates. Levaillant’s Cisticolas are usually seen singly, in pairs or small family groups and breed throughout the year. Their nests are built of grass in the shape of a ball with a small side […]

via Levaillant’s Cisticola — de Wets Wild

10 Spotted Owl Breeding Pair Remaining

Organizations in British Columbia are marshaling efforts to save the remaining  Northern Spotted Owl population, largely by captive breeding efforts. Also, authorities have granted authorization in the state of Oregon on a limited basis to shoot the invasive non-threatened Barred Owls in areas sensitive to the Northern Spotted Owl . TM

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Rare Piping Plovers May Be At Increased Risk Due To High Lake Levels

The small endangered population of Piping Plovers may be at increased risk due to high Great Lake levels in Canada and the Northern U.S., as beaches are reduced in size forcing nesting birds closer to cover where they are easy prey for predators like raccoons and skunks.

The Tern population may likewise face the same problems, as Great Lake levels continue to rise due to spring melt and much higher than average rainfalls in the lake-feeding tributary systems.

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Showdown It was midday, and Peter had arrived at a waterhole in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, South Africa. Scores of white-backed and lappet-faced vultures covered an eland carcass, squabbling over the meat. ‘Two things hit me simultaneously,’ says Peter. ‘The vile stench of rotting flesh and the intense buzz of flies.’ The white-backed vultures were […]

via Vulture Showdown. — Old Guv Legends